Here is some additional information I received after my message was
forwarded to another list. It does not directly address the issue of a
distribution list but it may shed some light on the issue and the possible
foundation of CI$'s policy.
> From email@example.com Thu Jan 14 10:46:22 1993
> Date: Thu, 14 Jan 93 08:46:48 -0800
> From: Ted Shortliffe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Compuserve-MCIMail email
> To: Paul@gac.edu, email@example.com
> Cc: DFP10%ALBNYDH2.BITNET@forsythe.stanford.edu
> Message-Id: <Mailstrom.firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Content-Type: TEXT/plain; charset=US-ASCII
> I sat on the Federal Networking Advisory Council for a couple of years
> and learned there that there is actually an Internet prohibition of use of the
> Internet to send email between different commercial email services. As far as I
> know, that is still the case. The Internet filters and rejects incoming email
> from CompuServe or MCIMail if it is headed for a recipient in a different
> commercial system. The gateways to commercial carriers were approved with the
> understanding that they would be used to carry mail to or from individuals who
> were on Internet/Bitnet machines.
> I don't know how Compuserve handles email that is sent to MCIMail, but
> they may need to handle it separately (and handle the costs accordingly -- hence
> the $1 fee).
> Bottom line: the problem may be with federal internet policy rather
> than some wrong-headedness on the part of Compuserve. I wouldn't promulgate
> this interpretation (or this message) without checking this out further, but I
> did want to point out that Compuserve may have no choice in the matter.
> Ted Shortliffe
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